Archive for April, 2016

Feature Car: Michael Ellard’s Holden Rodeo Minitruck


29 Apr

Michael Ellard's Holden Rodeo Minitruck

Michael Ellard's Holden Rodeo Minitruck     Michael Ellard's Holden Rodeo Minitruck

Our photo shoot on Michael Ellard’s mind-blowing Holden Rodeo minitruck was featured in the last issue of Street Machine magazine, which was on sale last month. This thing boasted so much detail that it transcended being merely any typical truck. There’s also an interesting story that goes with the shoot (well, interesting to me, anyway!) and says a lot about Michael and his mates.

I drove from my home-base on the NSW mid-north coast to Sydney for the shoot in my trusty VS Commodore and made it all the way to the driveway where Michael works. I parked and got out to introduce myself when another guy mentioned he was leaving and I could take his spot if I liked (I was parking him in). Getting back in to move the VS, the car spluttered, but didn’t start. I tried again, thinking the angle the car was on, or the heat from the March afternoon and Sydney traffic was wreaking havoc. No luck.

I made an expression to the guy trying to leave that I’d give it a second and try again. Nope. There was clearly spark and the starter was trying to do its thing. It was beginning to look like a fuel pump… on a Friday afternoon, over 300kms from home, right before a shoot for Street Machine! Then Michael stepped in and said he’d call a mate around the corner to come take a look. Barely a few sentences after having met the guy he was already in the processing to trying save my ass.

Before I knew it, his mate had confirmed what we thought and Michael was on the phone to another friend at a local auto parts store to secure a pump. Lo and behold, they had one left. Michael then sent another mate around to pick it up while I started shooting his truck. A plan was devised for he and his friends to replace the pump while I shot the Rodeo, then using his friend’s car to go shoot the main exteriors at a local turf farm, then by the time we were done, the car would be ready to go! I can’t say whether this whole process was more mind blowing than the truck itself or not, but I was truly humbled. Really, who is that nice?! In any other situation I would have been stranded in Sydney for the weekend while I waited for a mechanic to be able fix it for me, needing accommodation and lost time expenses. Even now, a couple months later it just blows my mind.

All this was happening in front of a backdrop of stress over a property deal that was rapidly going south at the time and I had both the realtor and conveyancer calling me all the time about this house owner being a PITA while I was trying to shoot. In the end, we pulled out of that purchase, but the last thing I needed was that distraction, let alone the car breaking down. So Michael and his mates really saved my ass. Anyway, I was hoping the Street Machine article would at least allude to the story in some small way as a thanks and to properly explain what kinds of dudes they are. Given that didn’t happen, here’s the story! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Cover Car: Shane Potts’ Holden VN Calais


20 Apr

Our photo shoot on Shane Potts’ wild twin-turbo, twin-throttle stroker V8-powered Holden VN Calais made it onto the front cover of issue 250 of Street Commodores magazine, which is on sale now. This is the second time Shane’s VN has been featured in the magazine, with the first published about a decade ago when the car was a milder combination.

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Shane Potts' Holden VN Calais

Shane Potts' Holden VN Calais     Shane Potts' Holden VN Calais

Sneak Peek: Pete Hamilton’s Holden VH Commodore


18 Apr

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on Pete Hamilton’s awesome tubbed, caged and LS-powered VH wagon for Street Commodores magazine.

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Pete Hamilton's Holden VH Commodore

Sneak Peek: Dimitri Stamatis’ Holden VL Calais ‘VMENTL’


15 Apr

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on Dimitri Stamatis’ turbo LS-powered Holden Vl Calais for Street Commodores magazine.

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Dimitri Stamatis' Holden VL Calais 'VMENTL'

Sneak Peek: Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore


14 Apr

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on this tubbed, caged stroker Holden V8 VK Commodore for Street Commodores magazine.

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Tubbed and Caged Holden VK Commodore

Sneak Peek: Steve Santos’ ‘HSVSS’ HSV VL Walkinshaw


13 Apr

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on Steve Santos’ iconic HSV VL Walkinshaw for Street Commodores magazine.

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Steve Santos' HSV VL Walkinshaw

Front Cover: Chris Reece’s Holden HQ SS for Xtreme Holdens


12 Apr

Our photo shoot on Chris Reece’s HQ Holden made it onto the cover of issue 75 of Xtreme Holdens, which is on sale now!

Xtreme Holdens  - Issue 75

Sneak Peek: Adrian McAlpine’s Holden VK Commodore


11 Apr

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on Adrian McAlpine’s Holden VK Commodore for Street Commodores magazine.

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Adrian McAlpine's Holden VK Commodore

Sneak Peek: Dimitri John’s Holden VL Calais ‘WET355’


10 Apr

A sneak peek at our photo shoot on Dimitri John’s ‘WET355’ Holden VL Calais for Street Commodores magazine.

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Dimitri John's Holden VL Calais

Sneak Peek: Nathan Van Steenbeek’s Holden VL Calais ‘WPN427’


09 Apr

A sneak peek at our shoot on Nathan’s pristine Holden VL Calais, shot for Street Commodores magazine. Shot on our last trip to Canberra.

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Nathan Van Steenbeek's Holden VL Calais